7022 Church St E, Brentwood, TN | Directions 3702736.033158 -86.786650
Best BBQ I have had yet ... cool menu ... great brisket tacos – This place has a awesome menu topped with things like Brisket Tacos and BBQ Burritos -- as well as other more traditional items (brisket, baked beans, chicken, sausage, etc.). This place is awesome -- without a doubt -- I plan to go back repeatedly. Great decor and atmosphere as well.
from a native Texan – with all due respect, sbmorton, the Texas BBQ staple ain't the hog - having said that, I have given Judge Bean's brisket a try THREE times - it certainly ain't Texas BBQ - if the Judge wants to claim he's from Texas, he needs to smoke it low & slow - Nashvillians, please do not let this be the bar with which you 'judge' Texas BBQ - folks 'round here love you some pork, but if done right, I guarantee the brisket will become a close second
Brisket ain't BBQ – I think that the new location is perfect. The ambience is exactly what a boutique BBQ should be shooting for. However, despite the brilliant ambience of the venue, I think this Texas style BBQ leaves much to be desired. If you plan to fancy yourself as a true southern BBQ joint then you need to be able to master- the pig. Sure, this place has excellent brisket, but brisket ain?t hog. In my opinion, hog is the only true bbq, and if you can?t make a decent shoulder sandwich or pork ribs, then pack your bags. Also, the house BBQ sauce tastes like ketchup, liquid smoke, and nickel. If this place wants to compete with the other BBQ restaurants in town then they need to focus on improving their pork shoulder, ribs, and sauce. One more thing, the service is very slow. I waited 15 minutes for a beer while the bartender watched a hockey game. Inexcusable.
Good, but not as good as Tennessee BBQ – My friend and I love some BBQ and after hearing several people rave about this place I suggested it for lunch one day. Mind you this is Texas BBQ not TN/NC pulled pork which I prefer. The brisket was very tender and good but not enough to convert me. The 2 sauces were good but pretty much average. The cowboy beans had a great flavor but were lukewarm. The fries were great (no mashed potatoes, a big negative) But the thing that left me scratching my head was the slice of plain wonder bread! For $10 I would expect a piece of good ole Texas cornbread or at least buttered toast. Anything but a 2 cent slice of wonder bread! That to me is worth at least 1 point deduction. If this is your first time in Nashville check out Jacks or Hog Heaven first for Tennessee BBQ. For everyone else this place is definitely worth checking out (especially if you are a Texas BBQ person) and I would go again if someone else wanted to go; but this is not good enough to satisfy my weekly BBQ craving.
I was sweating after the first bite! – Which is a good thing. Was in town to party in Nashville from New York, and asked a friend where to go for BBQ. He recommended Judge Bean's. My wife was nervous of this out of the way end of 12th street place, but it was a Saturday afternoon and I walked in to a lot of ugly pumpkin colored shirts and the Oklahoma vs Texas game on TV. Made for a great afternoon. I ordered the sampler platter and that ended up being perfect for a tourist because I had about 8 different options. The ribs were amazing, the shrimp thingy I ate was delicious, brisket melted in your mouth, sauce was spicy and zesty but went great with beer. Only parts I didn't like was order first, pay at window, bring food. Kind of a gourmet fast food, but the taste was worth that minor inconvenience. I like sitting down, being lazy, and being waited on. Still want one opened in NY.
Best Brisqit east of "God's" country – I'm a born & raised Tennessean, love Country music, Wade Hayes, Preston Coley and Darrell Mcall. I lived and worked in La Grange, TX enjoyed BBQ at the meat market in Giddings, missed it when I returned to TN. Was introduced to Judge Beans through the Wade Hayes fan club. Had the opportunity to partake of the offerings and listen to Wade perform. Each a joy unto itself. I reccomend the #2 regular. It is the best, leanest portion of beef. The #1 is tough and leathery. What makes the Judges so good is the long slow smoke, unlike TN BBQ that is quick cooked and smothered in sauce. A true conesieur of ANY cooked beef product will forgo a sauce. If you visit and don't enjoy your experience or the opportunity, stay home next time. If you're complaing about the price go back to Mickey Ds they have a Cheap menu, that's why Americans are SO FAT
I really enjoyed meeting Aubrey and thanking him for opening his establishment, Now if he'd only bring some Kolaches to enjoy, I'd be back in TX heaven.
Local eatery serving the biggest Texas import to hit Nashville since Willie Nelson. – In Short
The scent from the large black smoker in the parking lot lingers inside the wood cabin restaurant: a small room minimally furnished with large picnic tables. Judge Bean's serves beef brisket, which comes on a small or large sandwich or a plate with two sides--a choice of baked beans, coleslaw, or fresh-cut french fries. Other items on the menu include baby back ribs, chicken wings and tamales.
Never experienced such great barbecue – Came to Nashville with my friends for vacation. Heard of Judge Beans and just had to try it. Wish they would come up North and show us Northerners how to make good Texas Barbecue. Service the night we were there was excellent and the everything we had was plentiful, flavorful, tender and down right delicious. Mr. Bean ....You did good.
More talk than substance – Where to begin. . . If there is a band there playing FORGET about carrying on a conversation with your dining mates anywhere in the restaurant. The band is way too loud and when I was there noone seemed to be paying attention. Overall food sucked on many levels. Very pricey AND small portions. I got the "sampler platter" to try some of all of it. Brisket was very dry and tasted like lighter fluid. Ribs were o.k. at best but very very grease. Smoked sausage was horrorable! More of a hot dog than sausage and SWIMMING in grease. Tamale was cold in the center and dry. Shrimp Diablo was o.k.. Wing were actually pretty good. Got a side of cowboy beans which would not have filled a shotglass. Girl taking the order was very rude and snotty. Finally, for some reason, "the judge" decided it would be a good idea to include curse words (S##T) on his menu to make a point. What a real classy place! I'll never go again.
Authentic Texas Fare – Judge Bean's is not going to be all things to all people. If you particularly like Pork BBQ and have never had Beef BBQ, then give Judge Bean's a try. If you fear change and don't like to try new things (and Pork BBQ is your thing), then don't even bother. Judge Bean's BBQ is smoked with a variety of woods (not just the Hickory we're used to, but Pecan and Mesquite) and it has a different effect on the meat.
I enjoy the really smokey tenderness of the brisket, and the sauce could be famous in and of itself. The new location (12th Avenue North) lends itself very well to the ambiance that Judge Beans wants to achieve. The staff cover a large area, but not one of my many visits there has left me feeling that I was mistreated or neglected. The menu is surprisingly broad for a staff of this size, offering Tacos, Burritos, famous Brisket, and my favorite: Tamales. Everyone should try the tamales (the Corn husk on the outside should be peeled off before eating) and savor a flavor that is authentically Texas.
Go forth and enjoy with an open mind and you'll likely discover yourself a regular at this joint. I was a fan when they were at the Wedgewood location, but the move gives them more a feeling of permanance, as I hope they will be for years to come.
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